Louisville Zoo Offers Free Admission for Active and Retired Military on Veterans Day Thanks to Kroger

To celebrate and show appreciation to our military heroes, the Louisville Zoo, in partnership with Kroger, will provide active, discharged and retired members of the military and their immediate household families the opportunity to enjoy free Zoo admission on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023.

Those wishing to participate must simply have proof of military service. This includes but is not limited to: U.S Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e., American Legion, VFW), a photograph in uniform, in-person wearing a uniform, DD214 and citation or commendation and present it at the Zoo’s admission windows.

“This is just one way we can thank veterans for their service,” said Louisville Zoo Director Dan Maloney. “We hope to see many of our veterans and other military folks enjoy a day with their families and the animals.”

“Kroger is honored to support veterans with a promotion in conjunction with the Louisville Zoo,” said Kroger Spokesperson Jessica Sharp. “We are always looking for ways to directly support our veterans and thank them for their service.”

In addition to free admission on Nov. 11, 2023, active and retired military, and their dependents (with a military identification card) will receive 10% off Zoo gift shop purchases and 50% off food and drink concessions at the Zoo.

Active military receive free admission year-round to the Zoo. The dependents of active military personnel receive 10% off general admission at the Zoo’s ticket windows and must be accompanied by active military personnel with a valid ID. Military personnel are encouraged to check with the leisure travel offices at their bases in advance of their visit for other available discounts.

Zoo Hours

The Zoo is open daily year-round. Fall/winter hours are 10 a.m. ─ 4 p.m. (stay until 5 p.m.). The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Visit louisvillezoo.org for more info.



The Louisville Zoo, the State Zoo of Kentucky, is the top, non-profit, paid attraction in the state. The Zoo is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).


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